About Us

Since 1973: The history of Don Young Glass Studio In 1970, Don Young took a summer job working as an apprentice at Smith Stained Glass Studios in Fort Worth. He was employed there for about three years learning all stages of stained glass fabrication from cartooning to installation. He worked on several large-scale liturgical projects including the largest mosaic tile mural in North America. The first shop was in his rented home on Galveston Street in south Fort Worth. There he landed several residential, commercial and an important church commission while sharpening his skills. His first public studio opened in 1973 at the Mana Workshop on University Drive in Fort Worth. Mana Workshop was one of the first “craft malls” in Texas. The studio was known as Spectrum Stained Glass until 1977 when it changed to Don Young Glass Studio. Spectrum was the first retail stained glass store in Fort Worth, selling supplies and teaching classes. The studio also created a catalog of stained glass supplies. When a national crafts magazine did a profile on Spectrum in 1975, the catalog was requested from people in all 50 states. Sales of supplies soon began. Beginning and advanced stained glass classes were offered to the public several times a day and were very popular. Over a three-year period about 3,000 people took classes and purchased supplies from the studio that was now located on Camp Bowie Boulevard in, west Fort Worth. All the while, important commissions continued. In 1978, the studio moved again to Chase Court in south Fort Worth. This was a fruitful period for experimentation. The studio was a pioneer in developing photo-etching techniques using acids and eventually sandblasting. The studio also began sand carving, as it was known, and starting to mix the various techniques. Several important autonomous glass panels were completed at this time. In 1980, Don Young confounded Texas Glass Artists Association (TGAA). Later that year, TGAA artists held their first public exhibition known as ReThink Glass that traveled to galleries in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Don and Debora Young were married in 1983 beginning an ongoing marital, child-rearing and business partnership as co-owners of the studio. (See personal profiles on right sidebar.) It was during this fertile period in the mid-1980's, that the studio moved back to west Fort Worth and began to flourish. A series of large-scale commission came in starting with the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Children’s Center, in Dallas. This was also the first project using photo-etching and led to projects for the Vail Public Library, the Graham Texas Public Library, the City of Louisville and finally Bass Performance Hall in 1998. In 2000 the studio moved to the current location in east Fort Worth. In 2007, the studio began work on the Azle, Texas Public Library, the largest project to date. The project involved extensive use of photo-etching on a large scale. Don Young Glass Studio enlists the help of the best artists, designers and craftsmen available to design and fabricate our work. The following individuals have been especially important: Debora Young (Co-owner and principal artist/designer) Mickey Duke (Mickey is a long time collaborator on technical aspects of fabrication) Dan (Arlo) Galindo (deceased) (Arlo handled all stained glass fabrication from 1980 - 2011) Jen Schultes (Graphic design/technical consultant, since 2011) Judith Oelfke Smith (Stained glass designer on several religious institution stained glass projects) Bob Thompson (deceased) Deran Wright (Original artwork for several photo-etched projects and lead figure illustrator for MacGorman Chapel) Aya's Trading Company (Fabricator of all DYGS windows since 2012)

Bibliography

  • Stained Glass Treats for All Seasons - (Barbara) Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 20, 1980
  • Talk of the Town (TGAA exhibition) - Fort Worth Star Telegram, December 11, 1980
  • Design Calendar - Dallas Morning News, December 05, 1980
  • Carved Glass - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 8, 1985
  • Etched in Glass - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 28, 1989
  • Tarrant Business Journal, January 02, 1990 (Cover)
  • Fiction and Fantasy (Dallas Public Library) - Designers West magazine, November issue, 1990
  • The Guild Sourcebook, Kraus Sikes, Inc., 1992
  • Outstanding Examples of the Glassblasters Art (Dallas Library) - Professional Stained Glass Magazine, June/July Issue, 1994
  • Tourists checking out alluring Graham Library, Fort Worth Star Telegram, 1995
  • Clear Favorite (Profiles in Enterprise) - Fort Worth Star Telegram, August 05, 1996
  • Etched Glass: Techniques & Designs, Norm & Ruth Dobbins, Hand Books Press, 1998
  • The Stained Glass Windows of University Christian Church, 2003 (features several windows by DYGS)
  • Etched Glass Mural - Azle News, December, 2008
  • Cliff Dwellers Etched Glass Doors - 360 West Magazine, June, 2009
  • Featured Studio Profile – Profitable Glass Quarterly, Winter, 2009
  • Report on MacGorman Chapel, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Stained Glass Quarterly, Winter, 2013
  • Baptist Leaders Honored in Glass - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12/14/2013
  • Ranch Redo Redux - 360 West Magazine, January, 2015

Clientele

Corporate Signage

  • ACME Brick (FW)
  • Ann Arbor News (MI)
  • Barbers Bookstore (FW)
  • Bass Rehearsal Hall (FW)
  • Ben E. Keith Foods (FW)
  • Benihana Japanese Restaurant (Dallas)
  • Cingular Wireless (Dallas)
  • Earl Cabell Federal Building (Dallas)
  • First American Title (Dallas)
  • Fort Worth Garden Club
  • Greyhound Bus Lines (Dallas)
  • John L. Ashe Men’s Store (FW)
  • Kimbell Art Museum (FW)
  • NBC 5/KXAS-TV (FW)
  • RBC/Dain Rauscher Corp. (FW)
  • Regions Bank (FW & Dallas)
  • Santa Fe Depot (TX)
  • Shell Oil Co. (Houston)
  • Shula’s 347 Grille (FW)
  • Sid Richardson Museum (FW)
  • Siskel Film Center (Chicago)
  • Standard Meat Co. (Dallas)
  • Tarrant County College
  • U. North Texas Health/Science Center (FW)
  • Worthington Hotel (FW)

Donor Recognition

  • Alcon Laboratories (FW)
  • All Saints Hospital Oncology Unit (FW)
  • Bass Performance Hall (FW)
  • Boy Scouts of America (Dallas)
  • Casa Manana (FW)
  • City of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center (FW)
  • Dallas Convention Center
  • Dominican University (Chicago)
  • First Presbyterian Church (Dallas)
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Gladney Center (FW)
  • Komen Foundation (Dallas)
  • Miss Texas Pageant
  • Naples Art Museum (Naples, FL)
  • Oakridge Private School (Arlington, TX)
  • Texas Christian University (FW)
  • Texas Woman’s University (Houston)
  • Trammell/Crow Higher Education Services, Inc. (Chicago)
  • Union Gospel Mission (FW)
  • University of Chicago
  • Wyly Theatre (Dallas)

Art Glass/Mosaic

  • All Saints Health System (FW)
  • All Saints Hospital Chapel (FW)
  • Azle, Texas Public Library
  • Castor Vintage Homes
  • Central Christian Church of Weatherford, TX
  • City of Louisville, Kentucky
  • City of Vail, CO
  • Colonial Country Club (FW)
  • Daddio’s Jazz Cafe (FW)
  • Faith United Methodist Church (FW)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Crowley, TX
  • Graham, Texas Library & Senior Center
  • Greenwood Mausoleum (FW)
  • J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (Dallas)
  • J.C. Penny Corp. (Dallas)
  • Legends Tavern & Grill (Telluride, CO)
  • Neiman/Marcus (Dallas)
  • Old Parkland Tavern (Dallas)
  • Ridglea Theater (FW)
  • Ridglea United Methodist, FW
  • Southcliff Baptist Church FW)
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • St. Francis Village Protestant Chapel
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church (FW)
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Mineral Wells)
  • St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (FW)
  • St. Patrick Cathedral (FW)
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church by the Lake (PK, TX)
  • St. Rita's Catholoc School (FW)
  • Stockyards Hotel (FW)
  • Sundance West/AMC Theaters (FW)
  • T & P Rail Station (FW)
  • Temple Beth-El (FW)
  • Texas Instruments (Dallas)
  • The Ballpark in Arlington
  • University Christian Church (FW)
  • Wesley Foundation at TCU (FW)
  • ...and many fine residences.